The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


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    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
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    9/5/2019 - Artwork Submissions Open for Upcoming City Hall Art Exhibition



    September 5, 2019 


    Artwork Submissions Open for Upcoming City Hall Art Exhibition


    KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston’s Department of Art and Cultural Affairs will be accepting submissions of artwork for the final 2019 City Hall exhibition titled, Sanctuary. Local artists and creatives are invited to submit work that explores Kingston’s standing as a welcoming and inclusive community and visually represents “sanctuary.” Selected works will be displayed at the Ground Floor Gallery at City Hall from October through December, with an opening reception on October 5, 2019.  

    The concept of the collective Sanctuary exhibition was developed by Julie Hedrick, one of Kingston’s first Distinguished Artist designees, who has enlisted local curators Janet Hicks and Laurie DeChiara to assist in facilitating the exhibition

    "My vision for this exhibition is to see individual representations of sanctuary bring us together as a community," said Julie Hedrick. "Whether it’s a home, a preserve, a walk in the woods, or the safe haven of a welcoming country, human beings seek it, crave it, need it. Even if it’s as modest as cardboard box on a street corner, we all need sanctuary. My question for our neighbors is, how do we see and seek sanctuary?"

    Artists of Kingston are invited to submit a piece of artwork in response to the theme and title, Sanctuary, via the online application or in-person/by mail to the Department of Art and Cultural Affairs at City Hall by September 16 at 4:30pm. Applicants must demonstrate a connection to Kingston to qualify for display.

    Submissions should include the following to be considered:

    -Image of the work

    -A short bio and contact information

    -A brief written response to the prompt

    “The final exhibition at City Hall this year will be an important one. The brainchild of one of our first Distinguished Artist winners, Sanctuary will be a powerful testament to community and inclusiveness,” said Adrielle Farr, Director of Art and Cultural Affairs. “I am so excited to see the submissions we receive for this exhibition.”

    Additional information on submission requirements are available at